Erika Rendon – Host Nourish Senior Life; franchise owner Comfort Keepers

Erika Rendon – www.comfortkeepers.ca/barrie

Erika Rendon is a Senior Home Care agency owner in Barrie ON Canada. Erika was born in Colombia South America and was introduced to the senior population by her own family and in specific her grandmother who was the primary, 24hr caregiver to her grandfather that had advanced Parkinson’s.

I spent days assisting my grandmother with all of my grandfather’s showers, meal times and enjoyed the special bond that I had with my grandfather up until the time he died. As a young person I recognized the desire to help our seniors in need and in particular the 24hr caregivers that had limited support and resources in their community and within the family circle as well.

Erika went to the University of York, where she received a degree in English and a minor in Spanish.

Seeing as this was just a minor stepping stone in my life, she decided to go back to College and pursue work as a Social Service Worker specializing in Geriatric care. Soon after graduation she found a career working in Long Term Care as a Social Worker and as an Recreational Therapist.

She spent 4 years working in the private sector and moved on to work for Sunrise Senior Living as an Assisted Living Coordinator and soon thereafter was promoted to Reminiscence Coordinator and also as the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Coordinator for that Region.

The dementia care field held a very special place in her heart, but it was becoming draining. She switched gears as a marketing director and successfully converting an old Hotel into a fully functional Retirement Community. From there she joined a Home Care Agency to be a General Manager for their organization.

Comfort Keepers has provided her the opportunity to provide those in her community with excellent and personalized services. It has also allowed her to provide education to community partners and seniors on Nutritious and Healthy meals on our Television Show, Nourish Senior Life.

The Nourish Senior Life Campaign is meant to provide education to our senior population on healthy eating choices that are affordable, easy to prepare and convenient for one or two people.

They have partnered up with the Alzheimer’s Society of Simcoe County, The Diabetes association, The Red Cross etc. to spread the word about senior malnutrition and get meals out to those seniors in remote areas that have limited access to food.